Prayer Secret #13 – Pray to God the Father in the Name of Jesus

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One question we have found that many Christians have on their prayer life with the Lord is who exactly should they be directing their personal prayers to – God the Father, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit?

As you will see in the Scripture verses I will give you in this article, Jesus Himself makes it very plain and very clear that we are to direct all of our personal prayers direct to God the Father.

We are not to pray direct to Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or any dead saints who are now living up in heaven.

Here are 5 very good clear verses spelling all of this out for us:

  • “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathens do.For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.

    Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:6-13)

  • “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God …” (Philippians 4:6)
  • “Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; and to You the vow shall be performed. O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come.” (Psalm 65:1-2)
  • “… Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23-24)
  • “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)

Notice several key things from these verses, along with how Jesus interacted with His Father when He was walking down here on our earth in the flesh:

1.  In the very first verse listed above, Jesus tells us to specifically pray direct to God the Father. He does not tell us to pray direct to Himself, the Holy Spirit, or to any dead saints who will be up in heaven once He dies on the cross for all of us.

If Jesus wanted us to pray to either Him or the Holy Spirit, I believe He would have included that directive in this verse. This verse is very specific in that we are to pray only to God the Father if we have any specific prayer requests that need to be met.

2.  In the second verse above, the apostle Paul once again tells us to make all of our prayer requests be made known direct to God the Father, not to Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or any dead saints who are now up in heaven by the time Paul makes this statement.

3.  The third verse above is from King David. Notice that he is addressing God the Father direct, and then makes the statement that God the Father is the One will actually “hear prayer.” Again, he is only addressing God the Father on this issue, not Jesus or the Holy Spirit.

4.  The last two verses from Jesus are now going to give us one more key piece of revelation. Not only must you pray direct to God the Father, but Jesus now wants those prayers to be done “in His name.” In other words, pray direct to God the Father in the name of Jesus.

Praying direct to God the Father in the name of Jesus means you recognize and realize that it is only through Jesus and His sacrificial death on the cross that we now have direct access to both Him and His Father in heaven. Here are two main verses that will tell us that Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal salvation with God the Father:

  • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
  • “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Either we come direct to God the Father in prayer through Jesus and the blood that He has personally shed for all of us on the cross or we do not come through at all. Only a true born-again Christian has direct access to God the Father in heaven.

This is why we must always approach God the Father in prayer in the name of Jesus – as a constant reminder that it is only through Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross that we now have this incredible direct connection established with Him.

By telling God the Father that we are now praying to Him in the name of His Son Jesus, I believe He is really moved and touched by that statement, and it then puts us on a very good solid footing with Him in the prayer room.

I personally like to start out all of my prayers in the name of Jesus at the beginning of my prayer to God the Father, and depending on the length of the prayer, also include it in various parts of the prayer.

You will see us do this in all of the battle prayers that we have listed in the Spiritual Warfare and Stories and Testimonies sections of our website.

5.  If you study very carefully how Jesus interacted with the Father while He was walking down here on this earth, He was always praying direct to God the Father. There is not one instance where He prayed direct to the Holy Spirit. Jesus was obviously doing all of His miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit, but all of His actual prayers were always directed to God the Father, not to Himself or to the Holy Spirit.

I believe all of the above verses should be interpreted very literally. And if Jesus and the apostle Paul are telling us to direct all of our prayers to God the Father, then we should do exactly that and not try to direct our prayers to either Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or any dead saints who are now in heaven.

If Jesus wanted us to direct any of our personal prayers to either Him, the Holy Spirit, or to any dead saints who are now up in heaven, I believe He would have personally put that kind of revelation into the Bible.

Jesus knew full well that God was going to orchestrate that His Word and testimony would all be put into this one Holy Book. He knew this Holy Book would eventually be read by millions of people in the future, with everyone looking for spiritual guidance on how to live their lives in Him and His Father. As such, I believe that Jesus has laid out for us exactly who we are to pray to and exactly how we are to pray to Him.

I believe we can commune with, fellowship with, talk to, and worship and praise both Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

We can develop good communication and best-friend type relationships with the both of Them. But when it comes down to direct serious prayer, I believe Jesus wants all of us to direct those kinds of prayers direct to His Father, not to Himself or to the Holy Spirit.

I know some people have had some of their prayers answered when praying to Jesus. One prayer in particular is when people yell out, “Jesus,” right as they are getting ready to have a car wreck, and then God moves to save them just in the nick of time.

I believe that God does answer some of our prayers to Jesus, especially if the person does not have this knowledge that we should be praying direct to God the Father.

I believe there is some “slack” with God on this issue and that He will still help us out, even if we are not doing things quite the right way. But I still believe the above verses should be interpreted very literally – and if Jesus Himself is telling us to direct our prayers only to God the Father, then I believe we should do it that way.


I have seen numerous testimonies from other Christians who were not having much success in their prayer life with the Lord, as many of them were directing their personal prayers to Jesus instead of direct to God the Father.

Then once they were given this basic prayer principle from Jesus Himself, and then started to direct all of their personal prayers direct to God the Father in the name of Jesus, then many of them started to get a lot more of their personal prayers answered.

If there are any of you out there who have not had much success in your personal prayer life with the Lord, and you did not now about this particular prayer strategy from the Lord, try directing all of your personal prayers direct to God the Father instead of to Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or to any dead saints you were trying to reach up in heaven.

This one simple change in prayer strategy could completely open up the door for you in your own personal prayer life with God the Father and thus cause a lot more of your personal prayers to get actually answered by Him, since you are now following a direct specific command from His Word – the Bible!

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  1. Thank you so much for the insight the Spirit of God has given you. Live forever ! He helped me so much as I am preparing to teach on this subject, along with 1 Timothy 2:1-8. I did not seek commentary first, but I sought the leading of the Spirit of God in prayer first, and I believe I was lead to this article to confirm what He had already taught me . Thank you again.

  2. I appreciate your post as well as using the Bible to explain everything. Thank you. I have one correction for you. You said,

    “If Jesus wanted us to direct any of our personal prayers to either Him, the Holy Spirit, or to any dead saints who are now up in heaven, I believe He would have personally put that kind of revelation into the Bible.”

    The truth is, God does want us to pray to Jesus and Jesus Himself taught His disciples to pray to Himself. This instruction is right in John 14:13-14. Read it carefully. Jesus says, “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14 ESV). Notice that Jesus is instructing His disciples to pray to Him (Jesus) directly. This is the only time Jesus instructs His disciples to pray to Himself. Therefore, because of the verses you have listed above (including John 14:13-14), I see it safe to conclude we are directed from the Holy Scriptures to pray to God the Father AND God the Son. Please feel free to email me and we can chat about the verse. This is a great resource, thank you for all you do.

    • Jesus is God…The Son of God..
      The Father,The Son,The Holy Spirit is One..
      Meaning…Jesus Christ is God…The Holy Spirit is God…thank you..God bless us all..

  3. I read your article and I read the comments and I strongly believe in this day that we live in its of utmost important to always pray in Jesus name. Some people are ignoring the fact that other people have other gods. We as Christians serve the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob who sent His Son to die for us on the cross. People with other believe don’t believe this. People are sending blessing everyday in the name of God which God???

  4. I believe this is so spot on…by praying to Jesus we go against Gods word…he is the shepherd who teaches us about God the father so that we can pray to him alone ….and leads us to know the the churches they pray to Jesus as God and do supposed works in his name, yet never knew him…and this is why…the churches worship jesus as God doing works he never asked the churches to do…so they healed fed the poor but never knew the jesus that did not want to be worshipped as God…this is another Jesus another spirit that worships him as God which is contrary to his words…that’s why billions don’t know the shepherd who wants us to pray to the Father

  5. After getting saved I wondered whom to address in prayer.After reading the bible I got surprised even up to today people have never made Jesus Christ there personal friend.Mary Magdalene made Him so.After ressurection She nelt down and worshipped Him(mat.28:8).Am sure she didn’t begin by saying Father in the name of Jesus.The wise men say “we have come to worship Him'(mat.:2:2).Phillip said show us the Father and we shall be contented.Jesus asked him” have I stayed with you this long yet you do not know me?’john 14:8-9. Isaiah 9:6 calls Jesus Christ everlasting Father.Satan hates our freindship with Jesus Christ.To him we had better adress God in prayer other than the name above every name lest he be compelled to kneel down.Jesus when on earth could not tell people to pray using His name straight for He had not yet been Glorified.Jews would only have revolted against Him by then. Talk to Jesus Christ as a dear freind and you vill be surprised my dear christian.

  6. This information has given me clarity on how to pray now. I was basically all over the place praying to both. Jesus and God. I just want knowledge and wisdom . I’ve gotten a book on how to learn how to study the Bible, But still questions some of the base thing like who I should be praying to. So many unanswered prayer. I even felt like giving up. I so desperately want to learn how to be a servant of the Lord and understand his word. It has been a very challenge.Please pray for me.

  7. I’ve been so stressed. I feel extremely close to God the father and “know” He is always with me, same as I feel about the Holy Spirit. However, Jesus feels distant and this worries me. It makes me doubt that I’m saved. I’m desperate to know that I know, that I know.

    • Ruth Cross, the fact that you are worried for your salvation is actually a good sign as you have the Holy Spirit within you prodding you to desire closeness to God. Pray to the Father, you state you feel close to Him, and tell Him how you feel. Understand this, though: your salvation is not based on transient feelings. His Truth is there with or without our feelings. Know that if you are in an ongoing relationship with Him, forever desiring His love, and attempting to love others (even if imperfectly), you are saved. I suggest you read His Word regularly searching for what salvation means. Please find comfort in His love, and know this sister in Christ is sending prayers on your behalf. God bless.

    • It is really impossible to have a relationship with God the Father without having one with Jesus. Firstly, they are One being – a three part trinity- and Jesus says that He is the way and no one get to the father except through him. John 14:6. The disconnect many times comes through a lack of understanding of the Word. Without Jesus (the Word) there is no salvation.

      • I believe that Jesus referes to “in his name” literally because his name means God saves, salvation, so, maybe we are to pray to God the father as he was teaching us, knowing the what we ask is already given, knowing that if we ask for salvatin is already given, so praying in His name is knowing that we are already saved. If we do not believe that, we are not really believers and the prayer will not be answered until we understand that even if as a human being we are sinners, in The spirit we are untouchable and pure and already saved, childrens of God the father as He Jesus is. This is how I understand all this. Sorry for my english:)

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